1 in 5 misdiagnosed with MS, study shows
Almost one in five patients with an established multiple sclerosis diagnosis did not actually have the condition on closer examination by a specialist clinic, a study shows.
On average, the patients were treated for MS for four years, usually with drugs, for a diagnosis that in many cases should have been migraine, the US researchers found.
One patient lived with the mistaken conclusion for 20 years.
Among those misdiagnosed, 75% were unnecessarily prescribed MS medications, with almost half on a therapy that carried